Governor Informs Almost 99% Prepa Clients Have Electricity
Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) brigades managed to reestablish energy service this morning to most of the 300,000 clients who remained without power last night following an island-wide outage caused by an explosion in the Aguirre central energy plant on Sept. 21.
Governor Alejandro García Padilla informed today that 1,440,204 Prepa clients already have energy service, which represent almost 99% of subscribers. Over 80% of clients didn’t have service for approximately 40 hours since the explosion on Wednesday afternoon. The origin of the explosion remains unknown.
“We are thankful to affirm that, at 2:30 a.m. today, Prepa employees achieved the normalization of the electric service that was affected in its totality after an unexpected event in the Aguirre plant last Wednesday […] On behalf of Puerto Rico, I want to acknowledge the excellent performance of the public servers who reacted upon this emergency with promptness and release,” wrote García Padilla.
The governor requested citizens to support and respect the labor performed by Prepa employees, police officers, firemen, and other quick-response officials, “who day by day contained the different situations that arose from this emergency.”
However, he insisted on the need to modernize Prepa’s technology to reestablish energy service with more quickness in events like this, whose fault wasn’t foreseeable.
“Our country deserves a trustworthy electric energy service that supports its economic development,” concluded the chief executive, who affirmed last night that Prepa’s public character didn’t cause the breakdown.
García Padilla informed last night that government offices would resume regular operations today, while classes would be reestablished on Monday.
Economic losses caused by the outage remain unknown.